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Rooooaaarrrrr! November 1, 2010

Posted by Alison Taylor in All categories.


No, the title of this piece is not inspired by my three year old’s best animal impressions. Well, not much. Today’s essential resource is LION. English and Drama students, here’s one for you.

LION stands for Literature Online. It is a database of:

“more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 317 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.”

In other words you can read loads of prose, poetry and plays online, alongside vital criticism and a handy dictionary to help you understand all the words ;-p. Even more exciting, you can listen to audio recordings of all of Shakespeare’s plays and watch 900 filmed poetry readings. There’s a Shakespeare glossary in there (forsooth), as well as encyclopaedias and links to several thousand websites. We are good to you here in the library, are we not?

Search for an author, a text, a literary movement. Chaucer! Milton! Defoe! Dickens! Lawrence! Orwell! Rushdie! Plus a ton of people you’ve never heard of. Everything from Acmeism to Vorticism (no, I don’t know what they are either). Look ‘em up. And if you find out what the Jindyworobak Movement is, do let me know.

Log in to see LION. Click Resources Online, E-resources. Etc.


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